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August 23, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

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The Wedding Dress

Kate Middleton pleased both her critics and adoring crowd members in a gorgeous Alexander McQueen gown designed by the brand’s creative director Sara Burton. The long-sleeve ivory and lace dress had an 8-foot long train that flowed down the aisle with grace. Simple yet elegant, Kate’s choice was both sophisticated and classic. She wisely avoided overly puffed-out designs, and her plunging neckline left most to the imagination. Letting a timeless cut replace modern style, Kate’s gown showed a lasting beauty and befitted the new princess perfectly.

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The Hats

As tradition dictates, the women attending the royal wedding wore hats of all shapes and sizes. For some, head wear was a beautiful accessory. For others, the hats were a major offense to fashion police watching the event from around the world. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were a bit more bold and donned oddly shaped hats that did not gain public approval. If the mainstream media calling Princess Beatrice’s bow-shaped hat a top-notch mistake isn’t enough to make the princess regret her pick, the Facebook group for people who hate the hat may do the trick. Not a total disaster, Lady Sophie Windsor and Princess Michael of Kent got it right with simple yet elegant designs that matched their dresses beautifully.
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The Ring

Like hemophilia, there are some things royals need to stop passing down the family line. Middleton’s ring was made from a piece of gold given to Prince William by Queen Elizabeth after the engagement was announced. It came from a small quantity of Welsh gold the British Royal Legion gave the Queen in the ’80s specifically for making wedding bands. While this is a noble tradition, Middleton’s gold band had no jewels and lacked the luster expected of a new princess.

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